MCC meat canner rolls out for 56th season

Mennonite Central Committee
Friday, 12 October 2001

AKRON, Pa. -- Coming from four countries and three continents, the volunteer crew of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) portable meat canner has embarked on the 2001-2002 canning season. The results of their work will be equally global: MCC meat is welcomed by hungry people from North Korea to Bosnia to the United States.

The canning crew was commissioned at an Oct. 9 service at MCC offices here. The four -- (left to right) Waldemar "Bob" Berg of Bad Oeynhausen, Germany; Alfredo Berg of Bagé, Brazil; Joshua Stucky of Moundridge, Kan.; and Ernst Dueck of Boquiron, Paraguay -- left Oct. 10 for Sterling, Ohio, the first stop of their six-month canning season.

The canner will stop at 33 locations in 11 states and two locations in Ontario between October and April, processing as many as 4,000 cans of beef, turkey, pork or broth each day. At each stop, a local committee purchases meat and arranges for facilities and volunteers.

Since the first canning season in 1945, volunteers have canned more than 18.5 million pounds of meat. Last year's efforts yielded a record-breaking 680,000 pounds (309 metric tons).

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